Weedy Cactus

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Jess slowly weeding the spiniest of cactus! Photobombed by Jeremiah! Nice.

Hybrid Cactus

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That’s a beautiful Denmoza x Cleistocactus hybrid! Sweet.

As seen at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.

Playing with Cactus

Musicians have been playing with cactus ever since John Cage wrote a piece for cactus many years ago. Probably people were playing cactus even longer ago than that, but there you go – John Cage gets all the credit.

Farkas, 30, plays percussion

instruments such as marimba and snare drum, but nothing captures attention like playing the spines of a cactus in a pot….

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As strange as it may sound to others, Farkas said, cactus playing is a thing in the percussion world — mostly thanks to avant-garde composer and music theorist John Cage. Cage’s “Child of Tree,” composed in 1975, uses instruments made of plant materials, including the cactus. 

Best if all this particular article comes with instructions! Now you can know how to play the cactus yourself!

How to Play the Cactus

1. Get a cactus with long, evenly spread spines.

2. Make a contact microphone using a piezoelectric transducer, plug it into an amplifier and attach it to one of the cactus spines.

3. Use your fingers or other objects to pluck or rub the spines to create sound. Bonus points for rhythm without injury.

Electrified!

Cactus Flower

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Another picture of a Parodia nivosa in bloom. So much pretty.

And a bonus photo! Of a perfect fall day in Central Park in New York. Nice!

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Blooming San Pedro Cactus

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Dominic shares his first bloom off a Cactus Jungle San Pedro cactus in the heat today in Pinole. Nice. Hot.

Thanks, Dominic.

ID'ing a Beehive Cactus

Hello again Peter,

Hoping you could ID some succulents for me

My gf has been trying to search for their IDs and is stumped.

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Appreciate your assistance as always!

Jess

Jess,

You have there a very adorable little Beehive Cactus, a Coryphantha difficilis.

Peter

We are Happy Plants

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We Are Happy Plants is a band that posts pictures of happy plants on their Facebook page. Like this photo of a car with cactus. Car…. Cactus…. What could go wrong?!?

Quick Cactus Question!

Is there any way to grow cactus faster then what they usually grow?

Antonio

They will grow faster with more heat, more direct sunshine and more water. But if they grow too fast then they are not growing strong and they won’t live very long.

Hope that helps!
Peter

Unusual Cactus

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Well now that’s an unusual cactus 🌵
Cumulopuntia boliviana

From Bolivia ☀
Opuntiodeae tribe of the Cactaceae family 🌋 which means it has glochids, so please be careful when handling it! 📌

Nice! 🎉

Saguaro

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It’s a baby Saguaro! So big and full!

Carnegia gigantea
Arizona, California

Classic giant cactus from the American Southwest. Slow growing. Will grow their first arm around 75-100 years old and can live 150-200 years. Some populations hardy to 15F if dry in winter.

Hardy to 15-20F 
Full Sun
Cactus Soil
Low Water

Have You Thought About the Drought?

Bloomberg News has.

California’s Drought-Stricken Elite Trade Lawns for Luxury Cactuses

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…The designer’s intransigence put the Annenberg garden ahead of the emerging fashion for low-moisture, naturalistic landscaping on luxurious properties. Burnett embraced aloe, a spiky, flowering succulent that’s a favorite of hummingbirds, and he planted barrel cactus by the hundred….

Well that sounds expensive! But we’re here to help you out. We can plant barrel cactus for you by the singles. If you need hundreds we do have hundreds growing, but I suspect there aren’t a lot of you looking to replace your lawn with hundreds of barrel cactus for the drought. (but let us know if you are….)

Easter Lily Cactus

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These gorgeous Echinopsis eyriesii may be hybrids, but the flower colors do vary naturally so it may be a natural variation.

East of the California Coast

golden barrel cactus

Rikki is growing Golden Barrel Cactus out in the Santa Maria Valley

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Echinocactus grusonii

Santa Maria Valley

And here is the surrounding area in the Valley. Scenic!

Epiphyllum Cactus Flower

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That’s a giant Orchid Cactus Flower.

Epiphyllum is a highly hybridized genus. Do we have any idea what the species of this is? No! Someone may choose to identify the variety by the flower, but we prefer to leave it up in the air. So to speak. Epiphytic Plant Joke! Hah!

It’s a species of cactus that comes from Central America generally. And most of the species we call Epiphyllum are more likely actually Disocactus hybrids. Or intergenic hybrids with other plants from the Hylocereeae Cactus Tribe. But this one I am absolutely positively sure is an Epiphyllum. Or not. I don’t know what those Botanists are thinking these days.

That’s a lot of fancy words for a flower this pretty. Enjoy!

Buttercup

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The Echinopsis grandiflora hybrids are starting to bloom! This yellow one is called, or we call it, “Buttercup”. Because it’s yellow. Nice!

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